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eHealth Newsletter - 17/12/2010

17 December 2010
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Plate-forme eHealth Belgique Infoday

12 January 2011 Storck, rue Ernest Blérot 1 – 1070 Bruxelles, Belgique

La plate-forme ehealth et le SPF Santé publique organise une journée d'information dont les sujets seront Le plan d'informatisation des hôpitaux, la plate-forme eHealth, un état des lieux: aperçu des services de base et applications (dont eBirth, la déclaration électronique de naissance), Recip-e, la prescription électronique en milieu ambulatoire, le répertoire des références et la banque de données des médicaments. Les présentations seront effectuées en français le matin et en néerlandais l'après-midi.

Contact: information
See also: Places limitées, enregistrement préalable indispensable

Global eHealth Strategy Symposium at Med-e-tel 2011 conference

6 April 2011 - 8 April 2011 Luxembourg

European Commission awards grants to the three best abstracts presented from developing countries to the Global eHealth Strategy Symposium. In order to promote research and participation on ehealth of developing countries, the European Commission Directorate-General Information Society will fund 3 researchers' expenses to present their projects during Med-e-tel 2011.

Contact: Submission of abstracts: contact Dr. Malina Jordanova, Educational Program Coordinator
See also: ICT for Health

pHealth 2011 - deadline paper submission: 29/01/2011

29 June 2011 - 1 July 2011 Lyon, France

Organised with the collaboration of two units of the European Commission's Information Society Directorate General, the pHealth forum seeks to identify and tackle the key challenges to successful "pHealth" provision, challenges which hinder the commercialisation and clinical uptake of viable healthcare solutions.

Contact: J. Labro
See also: INSAVALOR mission

Reminder: Augmented Human conference paper submission

(17 December 2010) Deadline for paper submission tool is December 23rd, 2010. In 2011, the Augmented Human will happen in Tokyo on March 12/13/14. The ACM continues to publish the proceedings. The conference site is located in Tokyo waterfront area, known as "Odaiba", a relatively new area in Tokyo. The proceedings of the conference are published in the ACM Digital Library as a volume in its International Conference Proceedings Series.

Commission signs eHealth agreement with US Department of Health

(17 December 2010) Vice-President of the European Commission Neelie Kroes and United States Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius have today signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Washington to promote a common approach on the interoperability of electronic health records and on education programmes for information technology and health professionals. Common standards and interoperability stand to create huge growth opportunities for the eHealth industry as well as having a positive impact on the safety and quality of care. A skilled health IT workforce is necessary to make the benefits of eHealth services available to patients. This agreement aims to boost the potential of the eHealth market for EU companies wishing to do business in the US and vice versa. Promoting the use of eHealth technologies, with a view to improving the quality of health care, reducing medical costs and fostering independent living, including in remote places, is key objective of the Digital Agenda for Europe.

FP8 Research in eHealth - Survey deadline: 17.01.2011 12:00

(16 December 2010) The Framework Programme 8 (FP8) is due to start in 2014. The ICT for Health (eHealth) domain is expected to be an important element of the ICT research field, part of the FP8. Through this survey we would like to get your opinion to help us shaping the future research activities in this field.

Contact: Survey to be sent back before 17/01/2011 12:00
See also: Follow us on twitter

Review shows strong SME interest and government backing for ICT to assist the elderly

(16 December 2010) The European Commission today presented a report on the progress of the Ambient Assisted Living joint programme (AAL JP) which highlights very high levels of involvement by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in projects, strong levels of financial support by participating countries and recommendations to ensure ongoing positive results. This €600 million research and development funding programme involves 23 countries and the EU to improve the quality of life of senior citizens through smart ICT-based solutions. The report is addressed to the European Parliament and Council of Ministers and is an important step to reinforce the AAL JP, one of the key actions of the Digital Agenda for Europe. The AAL JP can make an important contribution to the forthcoming pilot European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing.

ENIAC and ARTEMIS public-private partnerships delivering, but need more industry and Member State commitment

(16 December 2010) The European Commission has today endorsed a report by a panel of independent experts which calls on EU industry and Member States to reinforce their support for ARTEMIS and ENIAC, two public-private partnerships (established as Joint Undertakings) for collaborative research in the fields of nanoelectronics and embedded systems (used widely in cars, smart phones, power plants and elsewhere. The experts concluded that the current partnership model is good for industry, good for Member States, and good for Europe. However, they also found that more financial resources are needed from EU Member States and that industry needs to demonstrate a stronger commitment towards a European strategy if ARTEMIS and ENIAC are to realise their full potential.

Towards interoperability for European public services

(16 December 2010) The European Commission has today adopted an initiative to encourage public administrations across the EU to maximise the social and economic potential of information and communication technologies. The Communication 'Towards interoperability for European public services' looks to establish a common approach for Member State's public administrations, to help citizens and businesses to profit fully from the EU's Single Market. Making full use of the Single Market often obliges citizens to deliver or collect information or documents they need to work, study or travel within the EU and send them to public administrations in another Member State. Businesses face a similar reality. That is why it is vital that administrations provide efficient, effective cross-border eGovernment services, as reflected in the eGovernment Action Plan just adopted by the Commission, in accordance with the Digital Agenda for Europe. The need for effective interoperability is a central part of the Digital Agenda, one of the flagship initiatives in the Europe 2020 Strategy. The Commission's Communication introduces both the European Interoperability Strategy and the European Interoperability Framework, which should guide ICT policy for public bodies across the Union.

See also: Commission adopts Interoperability Strategy and Framework for public services - frequently asked questions

Are you willing to do Research abroad? Check the open call for secondment!

(15 December 2010) UNITE Project is a EU-FP7 funded Coordination Action gathering 5 institutions that are committed in increasing the level of excellence of ICT research across an Enlarged Europe by promoting active secondment of research teams and strengthening cooperation in community supported research. The secondment or mobility of PhD, post-graduate students, researchers and other IT experts within the enlarged Europe is seen as a major action to achieve sustainable knowledge sharing. The project aims to support the flow of skilled people among universities, research institutions, and business-related companies of the enlarged Europe at 27. One solution to acquire and disseminate knowledge in such a framework is to meet other partners in multiple environments, during more or less long periods of time depending on the experience of the researchers through mobility program. This integrating activity must allow cross-fertilisation of an organization to another, thus ensuring common understanding of concepts and enabling new research developments.

Contact: Information
See also: Unite-Europe concept and activities

Pilot projects show the way in easy access to online public services across the EU

(15 December 2010) The five-year eGovernment Action Plan 2011-2015 presented by the European Commission today (see IP/10/1718) builds on experience gained with the 2006 European eGovernment Action Plan (see IP/06/523) and in particular on the results of several ongoing EU large-scale pilot projects. For example, STORK fosters the EU-wide interoperability of electronic identities whilst procurement and communication with governments have become simpler with PEPPOL and SPOCS. These innovative projects centre on the needs of citizens and businesses and make life easier through better access to more efficient and cost effective public services.

Computational Toxicology and Biostatistics activities in JRC-IHCP

(14 December 2010) A new section on JRC-IHCP Computational Toxicology and Biostatistics activities is now available on the IHCP web site. Computational (in silico) methods, sometimes referred to as "non-testing methods", can be used to reduce our reliance on experimental testing, and in particular animal testing. The Biostatistics team contributes its statistical expertise to activities on alternative (non-animal) methods and assessment strategies for chemical toxicity.

Contact: IHCP
See also: Institute for Health and Consumer Protection web site

New in the Library

preDiCT: Predicting Drug Cardiac Toxicity

17 December 2010

The preDiCT project began in June 2008, with a mission to model, simulate, and ultimately predict the impact of pharmacological compounds on the heart's rhythm using computer models. A significant and growing number of drug candidates fail to reach market due to adverse effects on heart rhythm which only show up during clinical trials. We hope to achieve a better understanding of the underlying mechanisms, which may lead to refinement of the drug development process to avoid these side effects.

Contact: Dr Katherine Fletcher
See also: Other projects funded under eHealth

Internet usage in 2010 – Households and Individuals

16 December 2010

This survey reveals that 80% of young internet users in the 27 EU Members States are active on social media. The share of households with broadband connections has doubled since 2006, to reach 61% in 2010 compared with 30% in 2006.

See also: Eurostat Data in Focus

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